Teaching English in Albania

University of Toronto
Albania Overview

Albania is a fascinating country not least because the people are of a wide variety of religious denominations. Indeed, despite Islam being the most prevalent, a significant proportion of Albanians are non-religious. There is growing demand for English tuition and, as usual in Europe, it is often easier for EU nationals to obtain the relevant work permits although young Americans may have the chance to teach with the Peace Corp. Most of the work is to be found in the capital Tirana but be warned that salaries are usually very low.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and kindergartens 500 – 1,000 Various but sometimes 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
British Council 1,500 – 2,500 Various shifts often including evenings and weekends 7 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 2,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Tirana.

Typical requirements

Degree, CELTA (or equiv.), EU national.

Tips

1. Experienced teachers are advised to check whether there are any present vacancies at the British Council Albania as the salaries far exceed typical positions.

2. For more detailed information on teaching English in Albania, visit the ELTA (English Language Teachers Association) Albania website.

3. Young Americans are encouraged to consider making inquiries about teaching with the Peace Corps.

Red tape

As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.

Cost of living

Low – accommodation, food and transport.

Tax and salary information

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.

Summary

Friendly and fascinating culture Not many paid teaching opportunities
Wonderful beaches and mountains Not much opportunity for professional development
Lots of opportunity for voluntary work Very low salaries

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3 Comments

  1. Barry Jones says:

    I have recently returned from Albania and want to go back to work there. I’m a UKTEFL qualified teacher and currently working on a degree. I wish to return there within the next 4-6 weeks, and desperately looking for work that will help me to be able to stay there.

  2. Natalia says:

    The same for me. I am phd student. Recently I’ve come back from Albania. And I am looking for a job to stay there for a longer period of time.

  3. lhanzek says:

    I have a BA and MA in English and have been teaching in a TESOL environment for 7 years. I also have been teaching in the college level for 15 years. Looking for a position to teach in Albania.

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